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James Bell was born in Ballarat and was a Clerk by trade when he enlisted in the 6th Field Ambulance, Section A on 22 March 1915 at the age of 20. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 4 June 1915 and served on Gallipoli from September until the evacuation. After time at Mudros, then in Egypt, he was moved to France in March 1916. On April 8th 1917 he had a fall on the duckboards in the trenches, sustained a Pott's fracture to his right ankle and was evacuated to the Military Hospital at Eastleigh in England. His recovery was slow, then, complications from a bout of influenza further diminished his fitness for active service. In May 1918 he sailed from England on the Gaika, reaching Melbourne on July 5th, and was discharged as æmedically unfit – debility' on July 22nd.
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